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  • Hey! Happy Groundhog Day to you!

  • >> [APPLAUSE] >> And

  • it is Groundhog Day, not Groundhogs cuz it's only one hog we're talking about.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> You know how the Groundhog Day thing

  • works, right?

  • So if the groundhog sees its shadow, you don't have to pay your taxes.

  • >> [APPLAUSE] >> Yeah.

  • No?

  • That is not true, Mary?

  • >> That is not true.

  • >> I've gotta get a new accountant.

  • Darn it.

  • Groundhog Day is a tradition that goes back to the 1800s.

  • I don't know who started it but I'm pretty sure they were drunk.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> So there are traditions in other

  • countries that have strange, I don't know what they're doing but

  • there's something in France, and it's called St. Catharine's Day.

  • And here's what happens.

  • If you're a woman over 25 and you're not married, then you're supposed to walk

  • around all day long in a yellow and a green hat on your head.

  • Like that.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> That way people know you're single

  • and desperate.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> Thanks, Catherine.

  • Or, if you're 25 and single and not looking for

  • a husband, it's a great opportunity to find other single girls.

  • That's how my mind works.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> That's what I'm, you know.

  • Another unusual celebration,

  • there's a village in Spain that has a yearly festival called el colacho.

  • [MUSIC]

  • So for el colacho-

  • [MUSIC]

  • Parents with newborn babies place them on pillows in the street and

  • then men dressed as the devil jump over them, and it looks like this.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> They

  • have to jump over the babies to get the devil out of them.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> Now I'm no expert on parenting, and-

  • >> [LAUGH]

  • >> Clearly neither is anyone in Spain.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> But

  • that's not how you get a baby to stop crying.

  • That is- >> [LAUGH]

  • >> Here's another photo of El Colacho.

  • [MUSIC]

  • >> [LAUGH] >> That's what they do.

  • That's what they're doing.

  • Now, the poor woman in the yellow hat found a husband,

  • had a baby, moved to Spain, and now there's a devil jumping over the baby.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> Finally,

  • here's what happens in one town in Japan.

  • Every year on April 6th, they do something called Connemara Matsuri.

  • It's a festival to celebrate male fertility.

  • Here's one of their parades.

  • I can't-

  • >> [LAUGH]

  • >> I can't really show you

  • what happens there.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> Hey, listen,

  • if the parade lasts more than four hours, consult a doctor.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> I

  • don't even wanna know what happens if it sees its shadow.

  • I don't, I don't wanna. >> [LAUGH]

  • >> [LAUGH] Boy.

  • Here's a photo of some of the people at the festival enjoying lollipops.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> You

  • know who should go to that festival?

  • Those single women wearing the yellow and green hats.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> Take that down, I'm tired, okay.

  • So what have we learned?

  • Well, I've learned I'm not going to Japan on April 6th, that's what I've learned.

  • >> [LAUGH] >> But

  • here's a tradition that I will continue and that is dancing.

Hey! Happy Groundhog Day to you!


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Odd Traditions from Around the World(Odd Traditions from Around the World)

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    Julianne Sung 發佈於 2021 年 10 月 13 日